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“Roche made Clarecastle village”

THE Clarecastle Daycare Centre (CDC) wouldn’t have been built without vital seed capital from Syntex/Roche Ireland, according to well known promoter of the centre. Mary Morrissey recalled the provision of €76,200 from the Clarecastle-based pharmaceutical giant was instrumental in ensuring that ambitious plans to provide a wide range of services for the elderly became a reality in the late nineties. In addition to this funding, the former CDC chairperson described the closure of Roche Ireland as a major blow to Clarecastle and numerous communities throughout Clare who have benefited from regular generous donations over the decades. This includes Clarecastle National School, local scouts, tidy towns, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, GAA, and other organisations in the village and other communities. In total, Ms Morrissey estimates Syntex/Roche has donated in the region of €100,000 to the Daycare Centre. While the present site for the daycare centre was provided by the council, the committee has purchased other sites in recent years. …

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Rory Casey, Fleadh Cheoil, runaí with Lábhrás Ó Murchú and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald at the Legacy day colloquim at the Fleadh in Ennis at the weekend.

Tánaiste optimistic on Clare job creation

MORE jobs will be coming to the Banner County before too long, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald has said. On a visit to Ennis, the Dublin TD said that areas away from the capital are not being forgotten, despite the uneven economic recovery. “The reality is that capital cities tend to attract foreign direct investment but what this Government is saying is we want to see our regions develop. There is a huge commitment to regional development. We spent a lot of time at our Cabinet meetings discussing regional development. In Dublin, you see the problems when you have over-development in terms of transport issues and housing issues.” Roche Ireland was a stellar employer in Clarecastle for many years but is on a path towards closure but Minister Fitzgerald said the Government is doing what it can to avoid that outcome. “Everything possible is being done; the IDA are actively engaging on that issue. I’ve met …

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Community groups ready to bloom again

Tidy Towns groups, development associations, community groups and residents associations accross the county have been invited to compete in the Clare in Bloom Competition 2017. The annual competition is a motivational mechanism for local groups to enhance the visual impact of their settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting. Cash prizes for the purpose of furthering projects in the local community will be awarded to category winners at Clare County Council’s awards ceremony in October. Sponsorship is this year being provided by ESB Moneypoint and Roche Ireland, with matching funding from the council. The award criteria for the competition include visual impact, range of planting, litter control and waste management, community involvement, energy initiatives and overall impression. The competition is based on three population categories. Category 1 caters for towns and villages with a population in excess of 700, Category 2 is for population centres of between 300 and 700 people and Category 3 features villages with a …

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Roche’s €27.5m on wages and pensions

WAGES, salaries, social insurance and pensions cost Roche €27.5 million last year, it emerged this week. According to company accounts filed for the financial year ended December 31, 2015, Roche Ireland Limited spent €20.7m on wages and salaries; €2.2m on social insurance; €3.5m on defined benefit pension service costs and €977,000 on other benefits. The total figure is up from €24.8m a year earlier. It has also emerged that a majority of employees have taken a generous redundancy package of six weeks wages from the company, plus two weeks statutory redundancy, depending on years of service as part of their exit compensation. All of this is capped at a maximum of 2.5 years wages. A small number of employees, believed to be in the region of 10%, have secured jobs in other pharmaceutical companies. SIPTU industrial organiser Paul dePuis believes all the redundancies will be on a voluntary basis. However, if the company does not secure the number of voluntary …

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Roche confirms closure after new deal fails

Hundreds of workers in a Clarecastle pharmaceutical manufacturing facility have been left reeling after talks to copperfasten an expected takeover by another global giant ended unsuccessfully. Roche Ireland has confirmed that negotiations for the transfer of the Clarecastle manufacturing site to a global pharma services company have ended without an agreement following a rigorous examination. As announced in November 2015, production at Clarecastle will cease in a phased approach currently estimated to be completed between 2018 and 2019 when the company will exit the site. Roche will now enter into formal consultation with employees and their representatives about the planned closure of the site. Barring a new deal with another global giant, the closure will cost the local economy an estimated €20 million in direct and indirect jobs. Workers were informed about the unsuccessful end to negotiations at a meeting in the Clarecastle facility on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, the company said it is …

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Roche worth €20 million to economy

  The closure of Roche Ireland would result in an estimated loss of €20 million annually for the Clare economy, according to Ennis Chamber. In the event that Roche Ireland does not secure a new buyer for the purchase of the Clarecastle pharmaceutical factory as a going concern, Ennis Chamber has warned that closure of the plant would result in the loss of 240 people who are directly employed and hundreds of other people employed as contractors who are local suppliers to the facility. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, the chamber estimated that a closure of this magnitude and the loss of direct and indirect jobs would result in a loss of €20 million annually for the Clare economy. The chamber is calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton as well as the IDA to intervene in the proposed exit of Roche from their site in Clarecastle. Speaking about the announcement, Ennis Chamber …

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No Roche job losses in short term

There will be no job losses in Roche’s manufacturing facility in the short term, despite yesterday’s confirmation of its shock closure over a three-year period. A company spokesperson has confirmed it is business as usual in Roche and stated there will be no redundancies before June 2016. After that time, in the event of a reduction in production of its products in its Clarecastle plant, the spokesperson explained the company would take another look at employment levels at that stage. Managing Director, Roche Ireland Limited, Gerry Cahill acknowledged Thursday was a very difficult day for all of its employees. “Clarecastle has been a significant and successful manufacturing site since 1974 and the proposal for Roche to exit the site is in no way a reflection on the performance of the people or the site. “We will do our utmost to support our colleagues during this transition,” he said. Roche has informed the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the IDA of …

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